In the last few years, many of New York’s bridges, and even a tunnel, have been renamed away from geographical descriptions in favor of those of elected officials. There’s the Ed Koch Bridge, formerly the Queensboro and before that, the 59th Street Bridge. There’s the Hugh Carey Tunnel, formerly Brooklyn Battery. The Triboro is now the RFK.
And of course, here in Westchester, the Tappan Zee became the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.
Some people didn’t like that.
But an effort add the Tappan Zee name back to the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge failed this week when the state Assembly adjourned without addressing the bill. The Senate had approved the measure.
Then, there’s County Executive George Latimer. He signed a law Wednesday that will keep his and future county executives’ names off Westchester properties, like bridges and buildings.
He said he hoped the law would start a movement away from political name stamping.
“They are the people’s and there’s no need to have this extra added promotion for the individual,” he told reporters.
What do you think?
Photo of older Tappan Zee Bridge –Brett Weinstein